Guide to Spaying and Neutering Cats
Female cats should be spayed and male cats should be neutered unless you have a show cat. There is so many unwanted cats and kittens that there is simply no reason to not do this with most cats!
Female cats should be spayed and male cats should be neutered unless you have a show cat.
There is so many unwanted cats and kittens that there is simply no reason to not do this with most cats!
In addition to avoid any unwanted kittens fixed cats usually live longer and healthier life's than unfixed. They stay home, do not roam in the streets looking for a mate and act less aggressive. Another reason to fix your house cat is quite practical, fixed cat does not "mark" your furniture, the smell of this can be very unpleasant.
Fixed cats will avoid many health issues too, like mammary cancers and uterine infections, these are quite common in unspayed females.
Male cats are often neutered earlier than females, in many studies kittens spayed as early as six weeks of age have been fine after being neutered. In general you would want to fix your kitten before it reaches puberty. Discuss with your veterinarian which age your cat should be getting fixed, some prefer to wait little longer. What ever age your cat is, even older cats, it is very safe operation and complications are quite rare.
Most common and practical way to neuter a male cat is to remove the testicles. This will prevent sex hormones and sperm cells to form and your cat will not have any desire to mate. The other way to neuter male cat is vasectomy, which allows your cat produce sex hormones and mate but it cannot father kittens. This procedure is rare on domesticated cats because they will still have territorial issues and will behave like unfixed male cats.
Female cats are recommended by many to be spayed when they are six months old. Usually this will prevent them never to come in heat. Female spaying is little more complicated than male cats and usually more expensive. This surgery is called ovariohysterectomy and basically it means that cat's ovaries and uterus are taken out. Before doing this your cat put to sleep, other words under anesthesia.
If your cat is already in heat find out if the vet clinic will neuter her while in cycle. Most will, but it might cost you extra. It still might be worth it if you cannot keep your cat away from male cats during the cycle! This will prevent both unwanted kittens and possible diseases from other cats.
Some believe that their female cats should have a litter to stay healthy before getting spayed but there is no scientific studies that would go with this theory!
In practical manner most cats can come home the same evening they have been fixed, both females and males. Male cats will often eat the same evening and all cats are usually back to normal in about three days. You should not feed your cat in the morning of the surgery.
Sometimes adult cats might walk little stiff few days, this should pass soon. Today male cats are usually operated without external stitches and will heal naturally. Try to keep your cat from licking the wounds excessively. Little puffiness few days is normal but if the abnormal swelling continues or gets worse or you smell foul odor contact your veterinarian.
Many vets will take a blood sample before surgery to rule out any possible hidden health problems. If your female cat opens her incision take her back to the vet.
All cats adopted from the shelter are fixed and many shelters have clinics for fixing cats so you really have no reason NOT TO fix your mixed breed cat!